Coast Guard on scene of yacht, lobster boat collision 10 miles East of Block Island

coast guardThe Coast Guard is responding to a vessel collision about 10 miles east of Block Island this morning. The captain of the 40-foot lobster boat, Squeeze Play, used a VHF radio to contact Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders and report Squeeze Play and the yacht, Lucia, had collided. It was reported Squeeze Play had a crew of two, and Lucia had four people aboard. The yacht was also reported to have a hole in its bow, so the crew of the Squeeze Play helped the four people transfer from Lucia to their lobster boat. The yacht is sinking, according to a press release issued by the Coast Guard. After arriving on scene, the boat crew from Station Point Judith transferred the crew members from Lucia to the 45-foot response boat and are bringing them back to port. The Squeeze Play is returning to port as well. It is unclear what time the collision occurred. link 11:30